And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15.
If you have ever seen the Indiana Jones movies, you know one of the things he is famous for is his whip. With his whip Indiana can swing across insurmountable distances, climb out of undesirable places, and catch people out of arms reach. But one of the most life-saving uses of his whip is to disarm hostiles. With the crack of his whip Indiana can strip the weapon of his enemy.
God has his own whip (of sorts). It’s called the cross of Calvary, the cross upon which his beloved Son, Jesus, bled and died. Through the cross God stripped away the weapon of the powers and authorities of the kingdom of darkness, namely, the record of debt that condemns every one of us (Col. 2:14). With that record the Accuser can justifiably stand before God and say of us all, “Guilty.” But without it, to what evidence shall he point?
By nailing our record of wrongs to the cross, God denuded the prosecutors of perdition. Now, they stand unarmed, publicly shamed by God’s triumph over them in the cross. And not only has the evidence been shredded, but the punishment they threatened emasculated. For the Advocate of the redeemed testifies, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55).
While any ordinary whip can save your body from a gun, God’s whip can save your soul. For on that dark Friday, a crack rang out from Calvary’s mountain that silenced every call for condemnation from the enemy. And with the faint echoes of “It is finished” still ringing on Sunday morn, the bars of death were broken and the keys of hell were stolen when the Son of God was reborn.